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Harvey Butler FERGUSSON

(1848-1915)

FERGUSSON, Harvey Butler, a Delegate from the Territory of New Mexico and a Representative from New Mexico; born near Pickensville, Pickens County, Ala., September 9, 1848; attended the public schools of Alabama; was graduated from Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va., in 1873 and from the law department of that university in 1874; taught in the Shenandoah Valley Academy, Winchester, Va.; was admitted to the bar in 1875 and commenced the practice of law in Wheeling, W.Va.; moved to White Oaks, Lincoln County, N.Mex., in 1882, and to Albuquerque, N.Mex., in 1883; engaged in the practice of law; special United States attorney in 1893 and 1894; member of the Democratic National Committee 1896-1904; elected as a Democrat a Delegate to the Fifty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1897-March 3, 1899); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1898 to the Fifty-sixth Congress and for election in 1902 to the Fifty-eighth Congress; upon the admission of New Mexico as a State into the Union was elected to the Sixty-second Congress; reelected to the Sixty-third Congress and served from January 8, 1912, to March 3, 1915; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1914 to the Sixty-fourth Congress; died in Albuquerque, N.Mex., June 10, 1915.

Bibliography

Roberts, Calvin A. “H.B. Fergusson, 1848-1915: New Mexico Spokesman for Political Reform.” New Mexico Historical Review 57 (July 1982): 237-55.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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